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Wesley W.

Wesley W.

Joined on 02/15/05

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Most Favorable Review

Great processor.

AMD Athlon 64 3700+ - Athlon 64 San Diego Single-Core 2.2 GHz Socket 939 Processor - ADA3700BNBOX
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ - Athlon 64 San Diego Single-Core 2.2 GHz Socket 939 Processor - ADA3700BNBOX

Pros: Great processor, very fast, easy overclocking, big L2 cache, excellent bang for your buck (especially if you overclock).

Cons: It's not a dual core (see other thoughts).

Overall Review: I debated between buying this or the Athlon X2 3800 and I'm glad I got this one instead. I use it mostly for PC games and not much multitasking, and wanted a chip that would still play the newest games a few years from now. For games, this thing is better than the X2 3800 (even on Oblivion, which is designed for dual cores), especially with how easy it is to overclock (with cheap memory and no overclocking experience I was able to get it to 2.75 Ghz, a 25% increase on its stock heatsink/fan) and the lower price. With that overclock, it's comprable to the FX-55 according to Sandra tests. I'd recommend a better fan if you're going to do some heavy overclocking, though. If you want a great rig to play games without dropping a ton of money, this chip is your perfect balance of speed and cost. If you're heavy into multitasking, though, give the X2 series a hard look before investing in a single core.

A good fan.

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler

Pros: Low RPM's for a CPU fan (about 2500 at the highest), so it stays pretty quiet even at full blast. Not overly difficult to install. Very light for its size.

Cons: The thing is huge, not too much of a difference in temperature from the stock cooler (yet). The fan blows in a different direction than the stock heatsink/fan (across the CPU rather than up from it), so you'll probably want to re-adjust your case fans to compensate.

Overall Review: For the price, I don't think you can go wrong. I've got an overclocked 3700+ to 2.75 Ghz and I idle at about 35-40C and under full load it gets to 45-49C degrees depending on the outside temperature in the room, which can range from 70-90 degrees F (we try to keep AC to a minimum). The thermal paste is still setting in, and I haven't noticed too much of a difference from my stock cooler, but it's also been hot here as of late. But the bottom line is that it does a good job of keeping your CPU running smoothly even in unfavorable conditions. I'm not overly impressed, but I'm pretty happy with the purchase. I just wish it was a bit smaller. Newegg, as always, was right on time getting it to me.